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Cellnet signs Davenport as new MD

Cellnet signs Davenport as new MD

Cellnet has appointed former Kanbay A/NZ boss, Adam Davenport, as its new managing director. The decision follows the resignation of its long-serving head and co-founder, Stephen Harrison, in March.

In an ASX statement, the distributor's chairman, Darryl McDonough, said Davenport had been selected for his knowledge of both IT and distribution.

"Adam has the experience and skill sets to take Cellnet to the next level in terms of capitalising on future cross-selling and logistics opportunities across our diverse product range," he said.

Elaborating further to ARN, McDonough said the distributor was in need of an MD with strong management experience in a large company.

"We've grown enormously over the last couple of years and almost doubled in size," he said. "There's every indication that this will happen again in a relatively short time. We therefore needed someone with that big company experience."

Davenport, who will take up the post on June 1, was previously the country manager of A/NZ for US-based systems integration and software development firm, Kanbay. Prior to this, he held the CEO position at Blue Star Group, a subsidiary of US Office Products.

Davenport has also undertaken stints with Getronics in Europe and Wang Australia and has a background in law.

He will be assisted in the MD role by Harrison, who will continue to work with Cellnet for the next 12 months on a consultancy basis.

"The Australian IT distribution market is consolidating and there are exciting opportunities for an Australian-owned business to attract new partners and customers," Davenport said in a statement. "I will focus on customer service and operational excellence and am looking forward to working with the board to refine and develop the company's capabilities."

He has agreed to an initial three-year period in the position.


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